Spring brings with it a whole season of challenges. But, from the calendar-mandated cleaning sprees to the mood-dampening April showers, nothing presents more problems than the climate.
One minute, you’re shivering your way through your morning commute; the next, you’re sitting behind your desk with two fans on full blast and the windows wide open. The weather makes no sense. But your wardrobe won’t be helping — trying to balance winter coats with summer styles is notoriously tricky.
Instead, invest in a capsule of considered, versatile clothing — threads that work as well on balmy May days as they do in the depths of March. Below, we’ve rounded up the five all-rounders you should be relying on for the months to come…
An overshirt is your answer to spring outerwear
Let’s start your overhaul with an overshirt. Summer’s answer to a coat — and winter’s answer to a button-down — the humble, functional overshirt has taken the nation by storm of late. And we can see why. It’s perfect for layering, spans casual and formal style and can be crafted in materials from linen to corduroy.
In particular, we’d suggest adding Drake’s navy offering to your office look, which will rakishly pair with a shirt and tie. Uniqlo’s twill weave option is screaming to be shrugged on over a t-shirt for an off-duty look. And this corduroy overshirt from A Day’s March is the ideal alternative to a jacket as the temperatures rise.
Drake’s Washed-Linen Overshirt
Uniqlo Washed Jersey Jacket
A Day’s March Corduroy Overshirt
Suede desert boots were made for the season
We have a love/hate relationship with suede. The napped leather is undoubtedly swish — not as try-hard as high-shine leather, but casual enough to wear on the weekends. But, expose suede boots water, and your subtly-textured kicks will soon turn ugly; marking and staining to the point of ruin.
That’s why we must wait until milder spring to lace up suede shoes. And desert boots, with their ankle support and versatile style, are the ideal choices. From Crockett & Jones, these Chilterns boast Dainite soles for toughness. Edward Green’s Banburys are cut in a striking army green shade. And Church’s Ryder 3s have a Goodyear construction — allowing you to wear them for many springs to come.
Crockett & Jones Chiltern Boots
Edward Green Banbury Boots
Church’s Ryder 3 Boots
Pull on a pair of chinos for simple, seasonal style
Everyone should own a pair of go-to chinos. Whether you’re heading to a fine-dining dinner, a casual coffee or a walk in the countryside, they’ll do the job handsomely — and need a fraction of the upkeep your other cords or cashmere-blend trousers demand. This spring, jump into the preppy style, and pull on a pair yourself.
From kings of prep, these twill chinos are Ralph Lauren’s slim-fit, contemporary-cut best. Oliver Spencer have brought their inimitable brand of smart-casual to the table with tapered drawstring trousers. And Dunhill are offering a pair of stretch-cotton chinos that will pair as well with a simple T-shirt and sneakers as they will with a pressed Oxford and brogues.
Ralph Lauren Stretch-Cotton Twill Chinos
Oliver Spencer Tapered Drawstring Trousers
Dunhill Slim-Fit Stretch Chinos
A mid-weight jumper is the perfect piece for pairing
With months of winter already under your belt, you probably feel so at home in your jumper that you’re loathed to take off. But, before you bundle your crewneck or rollneck into the back of your wardrobe, take a beat. The winter weather may be over, but your knitwear has its own irreplaceable part to play in your spring wardrobe, too.
Just take this navy rib jumper from Sunspel, ideal as a replacement for your jacket on a warmer day. Or New & Lingwood’s crewneck sweater, which will add another layer to your daily suiting game. Finally, Thom Sweeney’s mid-weight cashmere offering will pair with any of the chinos above, and help you master spring Sunday style.
Sunspel Cotton Rib Jumper
New & Lingwood Merino Crewneck Sweater
Thom Sweeney Cable-Knit Cashmere Sweater
A pair of sunglasses still has a place is spring
Ignore the naysayers; sunglasses aren’t just for summer — they have their use all year round. Have you ever tried driving on a cold, bright winter morning? If so, you’ll know that a pair of sunglasses are just as important then as they are during your annual summer sojourn down to the Riviera. And the same goes for spring.
We’d suggest adding a light-lensed pair to your collection for these middling months. Persol’s 714 Series have boast a ‘polar blue gradient’ for such occasions. Cutler and Gross have opted for a similar pale glass in their 1267 frames. And Cubitts’ Keystone style offer enough protection with their brown lenses without too drastically darkening your spring days.
Persol 714 Series
Cutler And Gross 1267 Gold Plated
Cubitts Keystone Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
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